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Cheney gets cardiac treatment

October 16, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Vice President Dick Cheney was treated "without complication" for an abnormal heartbeat, his office said, making a short visit to a hospital to restore his normal rhythm with an electric shock.

It was the second time in less than a year that Cheney, 67, has been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart. He has had four heart attacks, the first at age 37.

An estimated 2.8 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat and one that is not life-threatening in itself. Recurrence is common, experts said.

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